Word Up - ABC RN

Word Up - ABC RN

Australia

Word Up shares the diverse languages of black Australia from Anmatyerre to Arrernte, from Bidjara to Bundjalung, from Nyungar to Ngaanyatjarra, from Yankunytjatjara to Yorta Yorta—one word at a time.

Episodes

Word Up: Malarndirri McCarthy  

The Yanyuwa people speak male and female dialects of the same language - an extremely rare phenomenon.

Word Up: Dalisa Pigram  

Learn the name for the Yawuru messenger bird.

Word Up: Shannon Foster  

Dharawal language comes from the south of Sydney and the Georges River - stretching as far down as Wreck Bay.

Word Up: Clint Bracknell  

Wirlomin is a regional dialect of the Noongar language from the south-west corner of Western Australia.

Word Up: Ursula Yovich  

In the Burarra language of western Arnhem Land, we learn the word for grandmother, water and fish.

Word Up: Elma Kris  

Kala Lagaw Ya is spoken across the western Torres Strait Islands.

Word Up: David Prosser  

Yaygirr is spoken around the lower reaches of the Clarence River on the north coast of New South Wales.

Word Up: Steve Hodder Watt  

Lardil is the language spoken on Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Word Up: Maggie Burns  

Warlpiri is one of the strongest Aboriginal languages – so strong there are Strong and Light versions spoken in the Tanami Desert.

Word Up: Gawurra  

Gupapuyngu is one of eight languages that Yolngu songman Gawurra speaks.

Word Up: Uncle Vic Chapman  

For Uncle Vic Chapman Yuwaalaraay language is infused with memory. One word in particular takes him to the banks of a river on the border between Queensland and New South Wales.

Word Up: Aunty Beryl Carmichael  

Aunty Beryl Carmichael shares some Ngiyaampaa and explains why it's sometimes thought of as a "back-to-front" language.

Word Up: Luke Johnson  

For Luke Johnson using Gunai language helps him understand his culture and country.

Word Up: Zaachariaha Fielding  

Pitjantjatjara is a one of the few Aboriginal languages not to be considered endangered.

Word Up:Jill Nganjmirra  

The artist and storyteller Jill Nganjmirra shares some Kunwinjku.

Word Up: Stephen Goldsmith  

Kaurna is like poetry for the soul according to Stephen Goldsmith, a language worker from Adelaide.

Word Up: Deline Briscoe  

Deline Briscoe takes us to Yalanji country in Far North Queensland to share three Kuku Yalanji words.

Word Up: Lee Healy  

Taungurung linguist Lee Healy shares three words that encapsulate the Taungurung worldview.

Word Up: Warren H. Williams  

In Aboriginal communities in Central Australia, English could be the fourth or fifth language people learn. One of the first is Arrernte.

Word Up: Tracey Cameron  

Language teacher Tracey Cameron explains how stargazing - and a constellation in the night sky - helped the Gamilaraay people in the hunt for food.

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